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The Challenges of Parenthood

By Edited Feb 23, 2014 0 0

Many new parents say that having children changes everything. Becoming a parent does present many challenges. However as the "newness" of parenthood passes, many parents adjust to the changes and find that their lives are enriched by the presence of a child.

New Responsibilities

Once people become parents, they can no longer think of only their own needs. They have considerably less time for themselves. They must always consider their child's needs - first and foremost. Children need physical care, financial support, love and guidance. First time parents can feel overwhelmed by these new responsibilities. Family and friends can help in many ways, from watching the baby while the parent goes shopping to just listening or helping solve a problem.Communities have many resources too, including religious organizations, government agencies, and support groups.

Changes in Lifestyle

New parents haev to adjust to major changes in their daily lives. Caring for a child - especially a newborn- takes a huge amount of time and energy. A newborn needs to be fed every two hours-day and night. In addition,babies must be diapered, played with, comforted, and supervised for safety.With children at any age, parents have limits placed on their personal freedom. They have less time to spend with friends. Instead of unwinding after work, they have to fix dinner, spend time with their children, bathe them, and put them to bed. While it can be disappointing, sometimes plans have to be changed.Parents are better able to adjust to these changes if they prepare for them.Taking classes and caring for the child of a friend or relative can help give an idea of what it is really like to live with a child. There is no substitute for the experience of parenting, but making an effort to learn about child development and parenthood can make the demands of the job less surprising and unsettling.

Emotional Adjustments

Parenthood requires many emotional adjustments. Going through so many changes is stressful in itself. On top of that many parents feel conflicting and somtimes difficult emotions such as Fear of not being a good parent, Frustration at the loss of personal freedom and the addition of new responsibilities, Worry about money matters, Jealousy of the baby and the attention he or she gets from the other parent, friends, friends and relatives. Depression due to exhaustion or to the physical changes of pregnancy and birth. Parents can feel confused and troubled by these negative emotions, but , in time, most get over these rough spots. They learn that these emotions are commom among new parents, and they learn how to handle them. If these feelings persist, however, it's important to tell someone and get the help needed.

Changes in Relationship

When people become parents, they are likely to notice changes in how they interact with each other and with other family members. The is especially true for most for first time parents. The birth of a baby is an exciting time. Sometimes, though, parents may feel overwhelmed by concerns, negative emotions, and lack of sleep. They may argue with one another. Having patience and trying to be undesrstanding can reduce the danger of frustration boiling over into anger. One key to getting past such trouble spots is for the couple to communicate effectively. A new baby changes the relationship between the new parents. Most grandparents feel love and joy of their own and want to spend time with their grandchild. Some may offer to help with child care or household. Some freely share advice based on their own parenting experience. Sometimes, however, offers of help or advice cause friction. New parents may resent advice that they perceive as criticism. At the same time, the grandparents may feel hurt if their offers or suggestions or offers of help are rejected. On the other hand, new parents often find that having brings them closer to their own parents. Understanding the sacrificies and work involved in parenting, they now appreciate their own parents more.


Having children can have an impact on careers. Some parents stop working or cut back on their hours to care for their children. People who were accustomed to working overtime and weekends or traveling for their jobs may be less willing to do so once they become parents.Some employers have policies to help working parents. They may offer flexible hours, part-time work, or work at home options.Others have child care facilities at or near the workplace.



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